Jurickson Profar is one of the most sought-after free agents in baseball, and the Colorado Rockies are among the teams interested in adding his services to their lineup. According to a report by MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the Rockies are “showing interest” in the veteran outfielder, who has also drawn attention from several other teams.
Profar, who turned 28 in February, is coming off a strong season with the San Diego Padres, where he played 56 games in the outfield and at second base, as well as seeing time at shortstop, third base, and first base. He hit .278 with seven home runs and 25 RBIs in 2020, and his versatility on the field makes him an attractive option for any team.
The Rockies have a strong outfield with Charlie Blackmon, Raimel Tapia, and Garrett Hampson, but Profar’s experience and flexibility could make him a valuable addition to their lineup. The team is currently in a rebuilding phase after trading away superstar third baseman Nolan Arenado and losing outfielder Ian Desmond to a voluntary opt-out for the 2021 season.
Profar spent the first six years of his career with the Texas Rangers, where he was a highly-touted prospect after being signed as an international free agent in 2012. He struggled to live up to expectations in Texas, however, and was eventually traded to the Oakland Athletics in December 2018.
After a slow start with the A’s, Profar found his groove in 2019, hitting .218 with 20 home runs and 67 RBIs in 139 games. He was then traded to the Padres in December 2019, where he played an important role as a utility player and helped lead the team to the playoffs.
As a free agent, Profar is expected to command a significant contract, but his versatility and consistency make him a valuable asset for any team. The Rockies, who are looking to build a competitive roster for the future, could benefit from adding an experienced player like Profar to their lineup.
As of now, there is no news on when or if the Rockies will make an offer, but if they do, the addition of Jurickson Profar would only improve their chances of a successful rebuild.